Rapidly mounting toll from Mexico graves at 168

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Soldiers have unearthed 11 more bodies from mass graves in northern Mexico, bringing the rapidly mounting toll from the month-long search to at least 168.

The graves in Durango state are believed to hold the remains of drug cartel victims, possibly including executed rivals.

The Durango State Attorney General's Office said Monday the bodies of one woman and 10 men were recovered over the weekend.

Last month, security forces also discovered 183 bodies in secret graves in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas.

Several such pits -- known as "narco-graves" -- have been discovered over the past year. Turf battles between drug cartels in Mexico have killed more than 34,600 people during the past four years.

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